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19 October, 2007

One thing I have found since also working on the retail side is the harsh competition that the independents are facing against the big multiple stores. One way round this is to keep customers coming back by always offering them something that the big stores can't, whether that's carrying their wine to the car or even rewarding bigger customers with maybe a Christmas bottle of plonk. Making your customers feel appreciated not only makes the experience good for them but also rewards your ongoing business and increases loyalty.

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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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